Clare Boylan was born in Dublin in 1948.
She published four novels: Holy Pictures (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1993/ New York, Simon and Schuster 1983); Last Resorts (Hamish Hamilton, 1984 /Simon and Schuster, 1986); Black Baby (Hamish Hamilton, 1988 / New York, Doubleday 1989); Home Rule (Hamish Hamilton 1992). Her widely anthologised stories have been collected as A Nail on the Head (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1983/ New York, Penguin 1985); Concerning Virgins (Hamish Hamilton, 1989); and That Bad Woman (London, Little Brown, 1995).
Her non-fiction includes, as editor, The Agony and the Ego (London, Penguin 1993 / New York, Penguin 1994); and The Literary Companion to Cats (London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1994).
The film Making Waves, based on her short story Some Ladies on a Tour, was nominated for an Oscar in 1988 in the best short film category.
Amongst her other honours was the Spirit of Life award for fiction in Dublin in 1997. A member of Aosdána, she lived in Co Wicklow.
She died on May 16, 2006
RTÉ Obituary and links to footage.
Obituary in The Guardian
Clare Boylan at The National Library of Ireland